The conference immediately started competition in all sports, except football which started in With C-USA's membership now consisting of 12 schools, all of which sponsor football, the conference adopted a two-division alignment.
Key Storyline This in-state rivalry has been one-sided over the years, with the Mountaineers taking all 11 meetings between the two programs. Of course that's not to say that the games between these two schools haven't been close and entertaining.
Nevertheless, Marshall would benefit immensely from a win this weekend. On Saturday, the key storyline to watch for will be the Mountaineers' dominance over Marshall. Will it continue?
The Mountaineers enter the new season ranked No. If the Mountaineers expect to stay atop the rankings and get back to another BCS Bowl in , they will need to not only win at home this weekend, but also earn some style points along the way.
West Virginia rivalry during his press conference on Tuesday via HerdZone.
Every year that game is sold out. The in-state rivals have always played entertaining games on the gridiron, especially over the last two seasons.
That offense should not only be improved, but also specific people. Holgorsen will look to run his record to against Marshall as head coach in Morgantown on Saturday.
Marshall Player to Watch Wide receiver Aaron Dobson has potential at the next level as a 6'3", pound wide receiver with a game-changing skill set.
Dobson caught 49 passes in as a junior, racking up yards and pulling in 12 touchdowns. West Virginia Player to Watch Senior signal caller Geno Smith will be a Heisman Trophy candidate this season after throwing for 4, yards and 31 touchdowns a year ago.
He leads the Mountaineers' attack into their matchup with Marshall having plenty experience against the Thundering Herd. Smith completed 15 of 21 passes against Marshall as a freshman in after an injury to the starter forced him into the fire.
Interestingly enough, Smith has never thrown an interception against the Thundering Herd in three games. Key Matchup The most important matchup to watch for on Saturday will be the West Virginia passing attack versus the Marshall defense, specifically the Thundering Herd's secondary. Dana Holgorsen loves to air the ball out in his spread offense, and with a seasoned passer in Geno Smith dropping back this weekend, the Mountaineers should have plenty of success throwing the ball.
WVU ranked sixth in the country a season ago in passing offense, racking up more than yards per game through the air.
Smith had yards and two touchdowns in the two teams' matchup before it was called off because of lightning. In addition to matching high expectations in his second year as coach, Holgorsen will have to find success during his team's first season in a new conference.
Holgorsen will be on the hotseat in as West Virginia attempts to live up to expectations in a much more challenging conference. But first, he and the Mountaineers have to beat Marshall at home.
Prediction With West Virginia playing at home as the No. Marshall always gives them a tough game, but things should get ugly after halftime on Saturday. Facebook Logo.